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West Academic Programmes

15 Academic Foundation rotations

The Academic Foundation Programme (W24) comprising 15 posts is available in Glasgow.

The F1 year is a generic clinical Foundation year which allows newly qualified doctors to gain experience in a range of clinical posts with the F2 year focusing on academic elements alongside additional clinical experiences.

It offers the same clinical training as other Foundation posts, but will also include additional tuition and assessment intended to prepare the post holder for a future career in academia.

The West AFP is a two-year fixed programme. You may have a choice of rotation for your F2 year.

This page provides a brief overview of the programme. Full information about rotations can be found by following the links on the left-hand menu.

All rotations are indicative and subject to change.

What the Academic Programme Offers

In addition to clinical tuition and the teaching below, there will be opportunities to attend academic journal clubs with Glasgow Academic Training Environment trainees (GATE, CMT 1-2 and equivalent in other specialties.

In addition to core foundation year training, AFYs will have additional training opportunities, usually in the form of academic training afternoons covering aspects such as research methodology, ethics submission, good clinical practice for research and career advice. 

AFP posts offer a unique opportunity to have mentoring by a senior clinical academic, in a specialty aligned to the AFYs chosen career intentions. All AFYs become Honourary Clinical Fellows with the University of Glasgow which allows access to University e-mail accounts and IT systems (e.g. statistical programmes).

Who Should Apply?

The aim of the programme is to encourage those individuals with an interest in research and teaching to pursue their goals. As such we invite all those who are thinking about a future in academia to apply. Applications to this programme are made through submission of a completed application form via Oriel.


F1 will comprise three blocks, each of four months' duration, based at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Glasgow. All blocks will be in Medicine or Surgery although some rotations also offer Intensive Care Medicine or Renal Medicine.


F2 will also comprise three blocks, each of four months’ duration, based at the Royal Infirmary,  Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, the Royal Hospital for Children, Gartnavel General Hospital, Leverndale Hospital, the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre or in General Practice.

Post holders will rotate around three specialties in F2.  Two sessions per week will be allocated for individual research.  In addition to a clinical and educational supervision, an academic mentor will also be allocated to oversee the post holder’s progress.

Contacts and more information

For more information about the Academic Foundation Programme, please contact one of the following: